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  • Joint Statement on Removing Barriers to Labor Organizing (Act)

    Today we celebrate the introduction of legislation to repeal North Carolina’s “right-to-work” law and the prohibition on public employee collective bargaining, G.S. 95-98–two relics from the segregation era that belong in the dustbin of history. 

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  • Member Spotlight: Scott Mullins (IAFF)

    North Carolina currently doesn’t allow public sector workers like me to have union contracts, but it’s still worth fighting together in unions to improve safety and pay for the benefit of our families. Even without collective bargaining, unions like mine can make a difference. No one is going to look out for fire fighters like we do, and when we work together, we’re able to make gains, especially locally.

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  • NC Lawmakers Join Fight to Repeal Collective Negotiating Ban

    “This bill is about restoring the full rights of public employees who are currently given the right to unionize but can’t enjoy the protections and benefits of a collectively negotiated contract,” said Sen. Nickel. “These employees deserve equal treatment under the law, and now is the time to give it to them.”

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  • Restoring NC Public Employees’ Freedom to Collectively Negotiate

    Lawmakers, workers, and labor and community leaders will announce legislation to value public service by repealing North Carolina’s Jim Crow-era ban on collective bargaining agreements at a legislative press conference April 24th.

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  • Everyone Needs an ‘Equity Card’

    The movie 9 to 5 came out when I was in sixth grade. It was a hit, even in West Texas. The decade that was the 80s was full of “Work Bitch” songs – beats to sweat off the toxic stress of the union-busting Reagan era. But no “Eye of the Tiger” could compare with the thrill of the fight that Dolly Parton, Lily Tomlin, and Jane Fonda carried out together on screen.

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  • Make “Labor Union” Sense Common Again

    When people ask why I spend some of my very rare free hours advocating for labor unions in my new home state, the answer is simple. I want labor union sense to be again this region’s common sense.

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  • USDOL Perez: Fight economic inequality with collective bargaining

    “The successful UAW negotiations demonstrate once again that collective bargaining is essential to a balanced economy,” writes U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Thomas Perez in the Detroit Free Press

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  • MaryBe McMillan on why unions matter

    MaryBe on why raising wages should matter to all North Carolinians, how collective bargaining power can achieve pay equality, and who are the anti-union forces trying to stop us.

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  • Angaza Laughinghouse: The Public’s Power in the South

    “Laws in and of themselves don’t grant power,” says Angaza Laughinghouse. “We can have collective bargaining rights, but if workers aren’t taking workplace action, nothing is going to happen.”

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  • Collective Bargaining: Real People. Real Impact.

    As multiple states around the country attempt to undercut workers’ rights and pass anti-collective bargaining laws, the AFL-CIO and Laughing Liberally have teamed up to produce a series of videos illustrating the importance of collective bargaining. The videos coincide with the launch of a new website, collectivebargainingfacts.com.

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  • Fox Flips Poll Results to Falsely Claim Americans Oppose Union Bargaining

    Results from a recent USA Today/Gallup poll show a clear majority of Americans favor protecting collective bargaining. How did Fox News choose to report the results of the poll? It chose to lie about them, of course.

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  • Airport Security Officers Granted Basic Rights

    After a nine-year battle to secure workplace protections for Transportation Security Administration employees, the American Federation of Government Employees today praised Transportation Security Officers across the country for their unwavering commitment and tenacity in fighting for collective bargaining rights to be granted.

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  • Public Safety Worker Collective Bargaining Bill at Risk

    Call Sen. Kay Hagan to Demand Vote on S.3991 The United States Senate is expected to vote on Wednesday on whether or not to debate the National Public Safety Employer-Employee Cooperation Act (S.3991). The bill would extend minimum collective bargaining rights nationwide to firefighters, police, EMS, and other public safety workers. It overwhelmingly passed the […]

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  • Public Safety Bargaining Bill Passes U.S. House

    Bill now moves to Senate The U.S. House of Representatives took an important step forward in providing fire fighters, police officers, and other public safety workers collective bargaining rights by passing the Public Safety Employer-Employee Cooperation Act as an amendment to the war supplemental spending bill moving through the Congress. Most states already provide bargaining […]

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  • Richard O’Brien, PFFPNC, Makes Plea for H.O.P.E.

    Coalition for public employees needs support

    The campaign to end the ban on public employee collective bargaining in North Carolina has been a long one. The work of the North Carolina Hear Our Public Employees Coalition (HOPE) must continue, especially in hard economic times. Even for a group that runs as efficiently as HOPE on a shoe-string budget, that effort takes money.

    Richard O’Brien, Secretary-Treasurer for the Professional Fire Fighters and Paramedics of North Carolina, has written a letter urging our member unions and individuals in the community to dig deep and continue to fund this vital effort to repeal the Jim Crow law that bans bargaining for public employees:

    Now is not the time to slack off, as HOPE has been securing more and more legislators who support the repeal.

    This is where we need YOUR help! Our larger contributors have not been able to help out in the way that they would like to be able to contribute. So rather than having a few large contributors, HOPE is counting on numerous individuals like you to make smaller donations of $10, $15, or $20.

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